Sense: 1
Date: 1500-1600
Origin: RETORT1
Sense: 2
Date: 1600-1700
Language: French
Origin: retorte, from Latin retorquere ( RETORT1); because of its bent shape


2 noun
retort2 [countable]
1 a short angry or humorous reply:
He was about to make a sharp retort.
2HC a bottle with a long narrow bent neck, used for heating chemicals

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